mower selection

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by steve z, Aug 4, 2002.

  1. steve z

    steve z LawnSite Member
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    I am currently searching for a commercial mower for residential use.I would like to get one that is built real well,that I can repair myself(I am a mechanic).I am mowing 2.5 acres and would like to mow it in as little time as possible.Lawn has somewhat sloping terrain.I am able to mow with a 60" deck and would like to stay in the mid20's range as far as hp go's.The 50 or so brands of commercial mowers brings lots of confusion into the picture.I am considering an outfront style mower because of cost and ease of deck maintenance but am wondering if a ztr would not be a better choice.I will not be trailering this machine.The dealers in my area carry,Scag,gravely,grasshopper,deines,toro,exmark and bobcat.I have put a ceiling on cost of around 7 grand.If any of you real proffessionals can help me in making my decision it will be appreciated.
     
  2. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
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    eXmark Lazer 60"!!!! Last mower you'll ever buy being a homeowner.
     
  3. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
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    1996 lazer w 52 deck , an u wont wear it out either.course shes a little sentimentally attached. but i believe 7 would get her.
     
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    If all you're going to cut is 2.5 acres then you should look into the walkbehinds. You can get a real nice hydro 60" walkbehind with a sulky for well under 7 grand. I would look at the Exmark or Scag.
     
  5. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
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  6. Shultz

    Shultz LawnSite Member
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    If you have the budget, definately get a ZTR RIDER. Walk behinds cut great, but are much more work. I have the same situation -"homeowner" as you and have a 61" scag turf tiger, 22 hp liquid kawasaki for 1.5 acres. Cut it in a half hour. Purchased used~900 hours on it, saved quite a bit from new. I think I put on 50 hours a year. Good Dealers are important, and be sure to demo on your property before buying, whatever the brand. I'm partial to scag, just as others are to exmark and hustler, some of the sponsers of this site. Good luck.
     
  7. steve z

    steve z LawnSite Member
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    thank you for your response,I have looked into all of these mowers.The scag and the gravely appear to be the best built machines I have seen,this is coming from a machine repairman. That does not mean that they do actually mow grass well.I have heard they do.I have looked at the exmarks,but the the dealer that is located near me reminds me of a modern day car dealer with the salesman trying to sell me something else that I just didn't want.Like a 72" for $7000, that has 1000 hrs on it and looked like they were accumulated on pikes peak!No Thanks!!!! Ive looked into hustlers,but the nearest dealer to me is two hours away. As far as hydro's go I would like to keep the work to a minimal.
     
  8. AztlanLC

    AztlanLC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't know about gravely or exmark but I fo own Scags 61 and 52 and the deck is not solid most of my equipment is scag and has the same problems I tought it was normal until I switched to Ferris, believe me those mowers are build to last year I bought my second ferris IS3000z 50hrs on it for $6000, not problems so far almost a year and 600hr on it.

    A lot people that I know has a exmark and they swer they are the nicest thing around, but for personal reason I stick to ferris and i'm not disappointed.
    Most of the scag owners that I know complain about the same as me, but hey! my newest scag is about 3 years old and I haven't try the new stuff.
     
  9. Expert Lawns

    Expert Lawns LawnSite Silver Member
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    hey steve, where in michigan are you? i'm near Flint
     
  10. steve z

    steve z LawnSite Member
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    Dansville,(just southeast of lansing)
     

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